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Meet our Amazing Trustees!

 

 

Gregory LaMorte

Gregory LaMorte

BS, MBA, CEO, AFRICAN GREY FDN

It may be a long way from Wall Street to Ghana, but not for Gregory (Rick) LaMorte, a former Executive Director at Morgan Stanley for 26 years, has turned his retirement into writing a series of children’s books that highlight the intelligence and joyfulness of parrots and their feathered friends. 

His love affair with birds started simply enough in 1997.  The first time he got to know the intelligence, versatility and language skills of parrots was meeting one at a friend’s house.  He then decided to get a parrot of his own, an African Grey Congo he named Tuvok, after a Star Trek Voyager character.

A second African Grey Timneh, Kes, soon followed.  Both of them were bred in the United States and are living long and healthy lives as his companions in New York City.  However, African Greys in their native habitat, Ghana, the Congo Republic and other African countries, are not as fortunate. Despite a United Nations ban, they are heavily trafficked by poachers and are 99% extinct. LaMorte is taking steps to help turn that around through attention, education, financial support and the establishment of the African Grey Foundation.

But LaMorte also set his sights closer to home where he celebrates one of New York’s most ubiquitous, and often unloved birds: the pigeon. He has not only heavily researched pigeons but also bonded with one in his neighborhood that he nicknamed Brownie.

Now LaMorte combines the most common and the most exotic birds together in his books.

While writing books is a far cry from helping manage security portfolios worth billions, LaMorte doesn’t let the intricacies of telling unique stories of birds near and far deter him from his mission. After all, he gets his inspiration from his own two African Grey Parrots.

You can purchase his book A New York City Tail directly at amazon.com.  All proceeds will go to the African Grey Foundation.

Anycitytail123.com

William Perniciaro

William Perniciaro

ESQ

Bill was born in Brooklyn but grew up in rural Staten Island.  He attended Wagner College where he served as Treasurer of the lota Delta Alpha Fraternity.  That’s where he first met Gregory LaMorte, founder of the fraternity and Chairman of the African Grey Foundation.  Greg asked him to become a trustee of the Foundation because of the friendship and trust they established at Wagner College. 

Bill holds a law degree from Boston University. His first job was with the Legal Aid Society in New York City’s criminal courts.  This experience attuned him to many social injustices in our country and helped develop a more sympathetic view toward those less fortunate.  Bill moved on to private practice in 1989 where he specializes in labor litigation primarily representing victims employment discrimination.

Bill has been married to his devoted wife, Denise, for 31 years and raised two wonderful children, Lauren and Caitlen.

His new passion and goal is to the protection and preservation of the endangered African Grey Parrot, so his children and future generations can experience these wonderful creatures.

Dr. Al LaMorte III

Dr. Al LaMorte III

DO, FACC

Dr. La Morte graduated from Wagner College and the New York College of Osteopathic medicine in 1987.  He completed his Internship and Medical Residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Medicine of New Jersey.  He completed a Fellowship in Cardiology at UMDNJ and the Graduate Health System, an affiliate of the University of Pennsylvania. 

Dr. LaMorte is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiology and Echocardiography.  He is a Fellow the American College of Cardiology. He presently is a clinical Cardiologist at the Cooper Health System in Southern NJ and has been in practice for 26 years.  Dr. LaMorte is a volunteer Clinical Instructor in Cardiology at the Pennsylvania College of Osteopathic Medicine.

As an animal lover and companion of a 25 year old Sun Conure Parrot, he is greatly concerned about endangered species.  Al has accepted a role as Trustee, Medical Advisor and Secretary of the African Grey Foundation, taking an active role in ensuring the survival of the endangered African Grey Parrot.

Meet our Successful Trustees!

 

Gregory LaMorte

Gregory LaMorte

BS, MBA, CEO, AFRICAN GREY FDN

It may be a long way from Wall Street to Ghana, but not for Gregory (Rick) LaMorte, a former Executive Director at Morgan Stanley for 26 years, has turned his retirement into writing a series of children’s books that highlight the intelligence and joyfulness of parrots and their feathered friends. 

His love affair with birds started simply enough in 1997.  The first time he got to know the intelligence, versatility and language skills of parrots was meeting one at a friend’s house.  He then decided to get a parrot of his own, an African Grey Congo he named Tuvok, after a Star Trek Voyager character.

A second African Grey Timneh, Kes, soon followed.  Both of them were bred in the United States and are living long and healthy lives as his companions in New York City.  However, African Greys in their native habitat, Ghana, the Congo Republic and other African countries, are not as fortunate. Despite a United Nations ban, they are heavily trafficked by poachers and are 99% extinct. LaMorte is taking steps to help turn that around through attention, education, financial support and the establishment of the African Grey Foundation.

But LaMorte also set his sights closer to home where he celebrates one of New York’s most ubiquitous, and often unloved birds: the pigeon. He has not only heavily researched pigeons but also bonded with one in his neighborhood that he nicknamed Brownie.

Now LaMorte combines the most common and the most exotic birds together in his books.

While writing books is a far cry from helping manage security portfolios worth billions, LaMorte doesn’t let the intricacies of telling unique stories of birds near and far deter him from his mission. After all, he gets his inspiration from his own two African Grey Parrots.

You can purchase his book A New York City Tail directly at amazon.com.  All proceeds will go to the African Grey Foundation.

Anycitytail123.com

William Perniciaro

William Perniciaro

ESQ, Treasurer, African Grey Foundation

Bill was born in Brooklyn but grew up in rural Staten Island.  He attended Wagner College where he served as Treasurer of the lota Delta Alpha Fraternity.  That’s where he first met Gregory LaMorte, founder of the fraternity and Chairman of the African Grey Foundation.  Greg asked him to become a trustee of the Foundation because of the friendship and trust they established at Wagner College. 

Bill holds a law degree from Boston University. His first job was with the Legal Aid Society in New York City’s criminal courts.  This experience attuned him to many social injustices in our country and helped develop a more sympathetic view toward those less fortunate.  Bill moved on to private practice in 1989 where he specializes in labor litigation primarily representing victims of employment discrimination.

Bill has been married to his devoted wife, Denise, for 31 years and raised two wonderful children, Lauren and Caitlen.

His new passion and goal is to the protection and preservation of the endangered African Grey Parrot, so his children and future generations can experience these wonderful creatures.

Dr. Al LaMorte III

Dr. Al LaMorte III

DO, FACC, Secretary, African Grey Foundation

Dr. La Morte graduated from Wagner College and the New York College of Osteopathic medicine in 1987.  He completed his Internship and Medical Residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Medicine of New Jersey.  He completed a Fellowship in Cardiology at UMDNJ and the Graduate Health System, an affiliate of the University of Pennsylvania. 

Dr. LaMorte is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiology and Echocardiography.  He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology. He presently is a clinical Cardiologist at the Cooper Health System in Southern NJ and has been in practice for 26 years.  Dr. LaMorte is a volunteer Clinical Instructor in Cardiology at the Pennsylvania College of Osteopathic Medicine.

As an animal lover and companion of a 25 year old Sun Conure Parrot, he is greatly concerned about endangered species.  Al has accepted a role as Trustee, Medical Advisor and Secretary of the African Grey Foundation, taking an active role in ensuring the survival of the endangered African Grey Parrot.